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Man Shot Outside Pasadena Taco Shop Dies

Woman sitting in car beside the victim struck by flying glass, but not seriously injured

Published on Saturday, March 13, 2021 | 9:54 pm
Pasadena Fire Dept. personnel rush the victim of a shooting to a rescue ambulance for transportation to a local hospital after he was struck by gunfire and critically wounded in the 2500 block of East Foothill Blvd. in Pasadena on Saturday, March 13, 2021. The man died the next morning. (RMG News)

[UPDATED] A man shot while sitting in his car outside a taco shop along Foothill Boulevard in Pasadena on Saturday nights succumbed to his wounds on Sunday morning, police said. A woman sitting next to him in the car was injured by flying glass.

The shooting was reported at 8:54 p.m. in the parking lot of a strip mall at the northeast corner of Foothill Boulevard and Altadena Drive, Pasadena police Lt. Mario Ortiz said.

The victim, a 23-year-old Azusa man, was struck “numerous times” and taken to a hospital in critical condition, officials said.

He succumbed to his injuries on Sunday morning, Pasadena police Lt. Anthony Burgess said. His identity was not yet released.

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The woman, described as a 19-year-old Duarte resident, was not seriously injured but taken to a hospital to be examined, officials said. She was previously described as a Monrovia resident.

“Preliminary investigation revealed both victims were seated inside of a parked vehicle when the suspect approached the vehicle and began shooting in the direction of the victims, police said in a written statement. “The suspect ran from the location following the shooting.”

A detailed description of the gunman was not available.

Police said four people were seen in a silver or grey Chevrolet or Toyota sedan speeding from the scene, but it was not initially clear if they were involved in the attack or simply fleeing from the gunfire.

Homicide detectives were called to the scene and continued their investigation through the night, according to authorities.

A motive in the deadly shooting was not available.

Anyone with information can reach the Pasadena Police Department at (626) 744-4501. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.

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